Tag - Star Wars
Continent criss-crossing, jet-setting, and last of the famous international playboys, MacNN Editor Charles Martin made a diagonal line from an undisclosed island off the west coast of Canada to Orlando, Florida to help out with some Fringe Festival shows, so he's not available again this week, leaving Managing Editor Mike and MacNN contributor Jordan to go over both the leading tech news stories of the week as well as totally geek out on Disney software, figurines, consoles, Star Wars and more.
So back in August of last year, I had written a review of an officially licensed Topps and Star Wars app that had lit the internet on fire, then promptly fizzled out. Nine months later, I decided to turn around and check out what Star Wars: Card Trader had been up to since I last cleared it off my iPhone.
If you spend any time at all in geeky circles, you're well aware of how popular Star Wars is. You're probably also aware of how popular Lego is, as well. That's one of the biggest reasons we decided to take a look at Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga; because it's a classic title that marries two of geek culture's greatest obsessions in to one absurdly fun package.
With May the Fourth (be with you) happening today, we thought it would be a great time for us to check in on Star Wars: Uprising, the real-time shooter that had come out last year in preparation for The Force Awakens. It's been almost eight months since the game was released, and we're interested in seeing what changes have been made.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Sony advises the Mac and PC versions of Remote Play will arrive with the next major PlayStation 4 firmware, the HTC Vive shifts over 15,000 units within ten minutes of availability, and Razer reveals five games that will work with its OSVR headset.
If you are a fan of Star Wars or have picked up an interest in the George Lucas universe after watching the latest installment in the franchise, you may want to enter this competition. This is a reminder that you have only a few days left to take part in the MacNN Deals giveaway, which will net one lucky winner the Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray collection, as well as their own BB-8 droid from Sphero.
The latest installment of Star Wars continues to ride high in the box office charts, but despite the series existing for quite a long time, there are some people watching The Force Awakens without having seen any of the earlier films. If you happen to be in this small group of people, or are a fan of the franchise, you might want to take part in the MacNN Deals giveaway to win yourself Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray as well as your own BB-8 droid.
As a technologically-minded person, you may be aware of a new film in a little-known movie franchise called Star Wars currently playing in theaters. If you're new to the saga or simply want to relive the entire series from the very beginning, why not enter the latest MacNN Deals giveaway of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray, as well as your very own BB-8 droid.
Yes, we said that Off Topic was coming back in 2016, but as usual we have opinions. here's the deal. This episode is full to the brim with spoilers for the end of the Doctor Who season as well as The Force Awakens, so if you want to remain unspoiled for either, just don't bother listening right now. It'll still be here when you want to chat. Don't worry, Star Wars fans, only 22 minutes of Doctor Who, with the balance of the hour talking about Star Wars nitty gritty!
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, EA ships the companion app for Star Wars Battlefront early, Twitch adds two-factor authentication among other announcements, Rocket League gains a free "Mutator" update, and the first Xbox 360 games coming to Xbox One under the new Backward Compatibility mode are revealed.
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Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS
Google Paris HQ raided by investigators
Google's Paris headquarters has been raided by dozens of French police. The Tuesday raid was part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax-avoidance practices, stoked by widespread dissatisfaction with the way multinationals like Google are structuring their business operations. Although trading in many countries around the globe, Google reports its international sales only in tax-friendly Ireland, similar to a practice adopted by Apple. According to French law, if it completes any of its sales contracts in France and not Ireland alone, it could be in breach of its laws. Google, for its part, denies any wrongdoing, and said that it is fully compliant with French law. http://reut.rs/1Udk2T9
Apple TV extends universal search to NBC
Apple has extended its universal search function on the Apple TV to now include NBC shows in its results, provided the user has installed the NBC tvOS app. The search results can be generated either through Siri, or through the Search app, and includes support for searches by title, genre, and actor, among other queries. NBC joins CBS, more recently, among other channels including: Disney Channel; Disney Jr; Disney XD; FOXNOW; FXNOW; HBO GO; HBO NOW; Hulu; Nat Geo TV; Netflix; PBS; PBS Kids; SHOWTIME; SHOWTIME Anytime; Starz, and Watch ABC, all of which are supported by universal search. http://apple.co/25lGi5R
Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z